AIRCRAFT INTERIORS 2014: Skycast to develop portable IFE Solution built on Microsoft platform

Skycast Solutions has announced plans to develop a Windows-based portable inflight entertainment (IFE) solution to meet the increasing demand for sophisticated tablet-based IFE solutions and is currently engaged with Microsoft in development work.

The solution will feature the Dell Venue 8 Pro tablet with a quad-core Intel Atom processor and a lightweight security shell/stand which together weigh less than 1 lb while delivering high resolution video on an 8 inch screen. In addition to a wide array of entertainment offerings, the device will include robust capabilities including: seamless Wi-Fi access (where applicable); 'one touch' integration with onboard server streaming content; simultaneous multiple screen operation; intra-cabin gaming/networking; usage analytics reporting; and customer relationship management (CRM) capabilities.

“We are thrilled to team with Microsoft on our next portable IFE offering,” said Bill Boyer, CEO of Skycast Solutions and the man who invented the digEplayer. “The Windows tablet with the Skycast IFE solution will meet the increasing demand from airlines to get more capability out of their supplied portables.”

For airlines, the solution will provide a highly-branded platform and new avenue to enhance the customer experience and drive ancillary revenues.

“This new IFE solution continues Microsoft’s passion for innovation in the airline business and we are pleased to team with Skycast on this programme,” remarked Greg Jones, director of hospitality and travel solutions at Microsoft. “Airlines are seeing the many advantages of Windows devices, whether supporting flight crews with productivity tools or offering a cutting edge entertainment experience for their passengers.”

Seattle-based Ratio, a leading multi-screen agency with considerable Windows 8 expertise, has been engaged to create an industry-leading and user-friendly tablet experience.

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